Commencement

FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about commencement. If you have a question that isn't covered, email commencement@rollins.edu.

General Commencement Questions

Q: Will photos be available?
A: Yes, professional photographers will take photos of each graduate receiving her or his diploma. Graduates will be contacted by the vendor after commencement regarding proofs and purchase options. Rollins College does not offer DVDs, but the event will be live streamed from the commencement website during each ceremony and will be posted on the site soon after the event.

Q: What time do the doors open?
A: For all commencement ceremonies, doors to the Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center will open at 9 a.m. Guests are requested to be seated by 9:30 a.m. and no later than 9:45 a.m.

Q: Are there provisions made for those with special needs?
A: Yes. For more information, view the special needs page.

Q: Where can I park?
A. Graduates and guests are encouraged to park in the SunTrust Plaza parking garage. Signs will direct you to the garage. Special needs parking will be available in front of the Alfond Sports Center. For more information, visit the maps, directions, and parking page.

Q: Where are the campus locations for viewing the live stream of graduation?
A. The McKean Gymnasium, Tiedtke Concert Hall, and Bush Auditorium will be open for viewing the live feed of the ceremony, seated on a first-come, first-seated basis. The ceremony will also be streamed on the College website.

Q: Do I keep my cap on during the ceremony?
A. Candidates, after reaching their seats, will remain standing for the procession of graduates. Graduates will be directed when to remove their caps.

Q: What are the size and dimensions of the diploma?
A: All Rollins diplomas measure 8 ½ x 11 inches. Diploma frames can be purchased from the Rollins College Bookstore.

IMPORTANT: All candidates should leave personal belongings (handbags, cameras, etc.) with family members or guests prior to joining the formation, as there will be no facilities to store such items.

College of Liberal Arts

All Rollins CLA and Holt School seniors who are completing degree requirements for commencement 2019 must complete the Post-Graduation Survey before picking up commencement tickets. Information about the survey, which will be available on Handshake, will be sent this spring.

Q: Are tickets required?
A: Yes. Because of maximum occupancy requirements and the large number of guests anticipated, tickets are required. Each graduate will receive four tickets for seating in Warden Arena. Students will be able to pick up their tickets when they pick up their caps and gowns. If students desire extra tickets, it is recommended that they speak with their fellow graduates to see if any of their tickets will not be used. Additional campus locations will be open for viewing the live feed of the ceremony, seated on a first-come, first-seated basis, and the ceremony will also be streamed on the College website. All commencement guests are invited to attend the reception for the graduates following the ceremony. Seniors can also contact the Center for Career & Life Planning for more information about when and where they can pick up commencement tickets for the ceremony.

Q: Will there be a rehearsal?
A: Yes. There is a mandatory rehearsal in the Knowles Memorial Chapel the Friday before commencement. You must be in the chapel by 4 p.m. for the rehearsal to participate in commencement.

Q: Where do I meet for commencement?
A: All graduates must be in the Knowles Memorial Chapel no later than 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 12. Find your name card, which will be placed on a seat in the chapel in order of procession. Please do not leave valuables in the chapel. This room will not be secured.

Q: What side is the tassel on?
A: Undegraduate cap tassels are worn on the right side of cap until the appropriate time in the ceremony when all graduates will be instructed to move the tassel to the left side. Graduate cap tassels should be positioned on the left side of the cap.

Q: How will I know if I will graduate with distinction?
A: College of Liberal Arts students who have maintained one of the following GPAs will receive recognition in the commencement program: • Cum Laude: 3.50-3.69 • Magna Cum Laude: 3.70-3.89 • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90-4.00

Q: What will my diploma look like, and what if there is something wrong with it?
A: In accordance with tradition, College of Liberal Arts graduates will receive a Latin diploma. The commencement program will provide an English translation. If there is an error on your diploma, don’t worry. Contact the Office of the Registrar after commencement, and office staff will make sure you get the right one or correct any mistakes.

Hamilton Holt School

All Rollins CLA and Holt School seniors who are completing degree requirements for commencement 2019 must complete the Post-Graduation Survey before picking up caps and gowns. Information about the survey, which will be available on Handshake, will be be sent this spring. Seniors can also contact the Center for Career & Life Planning for more information about the Post-Graduation Survey.

Q: Are tickets required?
A: No.

Q: Is there a rehearsal?
A: There is no formal rehearsal. Graduates will receive instructions the morning of the ceremony.

Q: How long is the ceremony?
A: The ceremony usually concludes by noon. There will be a reception for all attendees immediately following in the Rice Family Pavilion.

Q: Where and when do I meet for commencement?
A: All graduates must report to the Knowles Memorial Chapel no later than 8:45 a.m. to receive instructions. Find your name card, which will be placed on a seat in the chapel, according to the degree program for which you are a candidate. Please give your valuables to a friend or family member for safekeeping, as the chapel will not be secured.

Q: What side is the tassel on?
A. Undergraduate cap tassels are worn on the right side of cap until the appropriate time in the ceremony when all graduates will be instructed to move the tassel to the left side. Graduate cap tassels should be positioned on the left side of the cap.

Q: Will I graduate with distinction?
A: Undergraduate students completing the final 70 semester hours of degree requirements in residence (institutional hours) at Rollins College may qualify for graduation with honors, provided that the appropriate cumulative GPA is achieved. Honors are as follows: • Cum Laude: 3.50-3.69 • Magna Cum Laude: 3.70-3.89 • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90-4.00

A student's transcript will bear the appropriate honors designation, and the designation will be announced at commencement.

Graduate students in the programs of master of arts in applied behavior analysis and clinical science, master of arts in teaching, master of education, master of human resources, and master of public health who achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 will graduate with honors. A student’s transcript will bear this notation, and it will be announced at commencement. There is no honors distinction for the master of arts in counseling or master of liberal studies programs.

Q: What if something is wrong with my diploma?
A: See the registrar at the stage area immediately after the ceremony.

If your question wasn't answered here, email holt-commencement@rollins.edu 

Crummer Graduate School of Business

Q: Are tickets required?
A: No.

Q: Is there a rehearsal?
A: There is no formal rehearsal. Graduates will receive instructions the morning of the ceremony.

Q: How should I position my cap tassel?
A: Cap tassels should be positioned on the left side of the cap.

Q: Where and when do I meet for commencement?
A. All graduates must be in the Bush Science Center Auditorium to assemble for class photographs and special instructions for the bag-pipe led procession across campus. Please arrive in your robe promptly by 8:45 a.m. Find your name card, which will be placed on a seat in the auditorium in alphabetical order by last name. This is not a secured location, so please be sure to give your valuables to a friend or family member for safekeeping.

Q: Will I graduate with distinction?
A: Crummer Graduates who have completed their program requirements and achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.85 will graduate with honors. A student’s transcript will bear this notation, and it will be announced at commencement. Note: GPAs are not rounded.

Q: What if something is wrong with my diploma?
A: See Eric Scalamonti, Crummer Registrar, at the stage area immediately after the ceremony.

If your question wasn't answered here, email crummer-commencement@rollins.edu